Women’s Super League: Four teams in contention as title race heats up

Manchester United drew 1-1 against Manchester City in the Women's Super League
Manchester United drew 1-1 against Manchester City in the Women's Super League

(Football news) Manchester United Women’s team secured a 1-1 draw against Manchester City in front of 44,259 fans at the Etihad Stadium in the Women’s Super League. While both teams shared a point, the result meant that the teams finished third and fourth respectively, behind Chelsea and Arsenal but remained in contention for the top spot in the league. A defeat for City would have ended their title hopes while Manchester United Women would have faced disappointment in what has been a fantastic season for them.

Marc Skinner and the Manchester United Women’s team have secured four points from matches against Chelsea, Arsenal and City but felt that they could have got all three points against their local rivals. The Red Devils secured an incredible comeback victory over Arsenal Women 3-2 last month and thought they could get something similar this time around, bringing on Lucia Garcia and Martha Thomas to get a winner. City have historically been the superior team out of the two, being established in the WSL since 2014 and won the title in 2016 while Manchester United introduced a women’s team in 2018 and are steadily improving since then.

“We’ve got a different mentality now, we’re disappointed not to win. We’re not making defensive changes, we’re coming here and we want to win the game. We’re making attacking changes and we created some great chances in the second half. It’s a mentality change. We’re showing now that we’re not happy to just come and compete in these moments.

“We want to win these games. Our aim is to try to do it the other way, where there’s a gap between us and them in our favour. They’ve got a lot of history on their side and have done excellently, but we have to make sure that we rise to the occasion. This team is not going to stop. We’re not going to subside at any point. We’re going to keep building, keep driving and keep expecting.”

Manchester United Women’s team manager Marc Skinner

Manchester City Women’s team have shown great resilience over the years, especially in response to adversity to get the desired result. Plagued by injuries last season, City showed great drive and determination to win 11 consecutive games in all competitions and finished third in the Women’s Super League. If that’s not all, they also defeated Chelsea Women in the Continental Cup final. As things stand, City are three points behind Manchester United, five behind Arsenal and eight points behind leaders Chelsea on the points table.

“We want to win the league. We’ve put ourselves in a situation where we can and, if we win all of our games after the break, we can do it. We’ve proved we can go on continuous winning streaks and it’s good we’ve put ourselves in a position to do it again. We’re looking forward to that challenge.”

Manchester City Women’s team manager Gareth Keith Taylor

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